I have a soft spot for roses because they perfume the air, bloom for years, are faithful each year to perform, and generally add a homey atmosphere. Many people think they are difficult, but they aren’t. Give them full sun (even the extra hot Texas sun), some water, good drainage, and a little fertilizer. Voila: sweet flowers.
The three bushes in front are Knockouts. Behind them is an Earthkind. One of the things that makes Knockouts so easy is that deadheading isn’t necessary. They just keep on blooming. If and when I have some time, I will trim them but not often.
Two weeks ago I discovered a tunnel under its root system and was so afraid that I would lose the bush. We filled in dirt and covered it with a huge rock. Armadillos are so destructive in a yard. Don’t be fooled by the cute pictures you see of them. Those claws are a source of grief to a gardener.Oso Easy Paprika are more favorites.
Their color stands out. The spent buds, unfortunately, do have to be lopped off before it will bloom again. It can be a chore because it is covered with flowers all at once, so that means slowly sniping each one.
Last fall this Don Juan climber was planted inside a new sturdy trellis. It is replacing a Madam Norbert De Velleur climber that literally lifted the dome trellis it was growing in and pulled apart the posts. The thorns on it were also the most vicious I’ve ever seen. The flowers were beautiful clusters but not worth the grief.
The stems are long and seem perfect for cut flower arrangements. If they are cut when still in bud form, they will last a few days. If not, forget it, the petals fall soon after cutting.
Last fall this miniature was planted in a front bed. I can’t find the paper work right now, so I don’t know the variety. I used to be leery of miniatures. But a grocery store buy that has been in a container for years proves that miniatures are hearty.
I do have some other rose bushes but these are a good representation. Each type of rose has its pluses and minuses, so a variety is good. The hybrids and old fashions have the aromas while others produce masses of blooms.
My own prejudice says everyone needs a rose to sweeten their life.
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr